Shiner Kosmos Reserve | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.98%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
954
Reviews:
272
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
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Ratings: 954 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: two finger frothy head on a clear copper body.

S: toasted caramel malts and mildly musty grains.

T: toasted but otherwise flavorless and bland, wet malts. graham cracker notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: fairly bland beer overall for the term "special reserve".

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Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is easy to drink but nothing too memorable in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack. Pours a light golden/orange color, barely any head, not much for carbonation either. Taste has a light to medium body, nice mouthfeel to it. Taste reminds me of an Otter Creek Copper Ale, a bit of a metallic/spicy bite to it. Nice easy finish. Nothing breaking the boundaries here but a nice solid beer that makes for easy drinking. Give it a try, along with this 12 pack.. nothing blows you out of the water but not a bad one in the bunch and only $11.99.

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Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty simple yet hoppy beer that draws comparisons to Extra Pale Ales.

The beer decants with a strong straw, lightly golden color. Lively carbonation brings an initially formitable head with fair retention that never fades completely.

Bolder hops arise from the glass than expeted from the Shiner brand. Somewhat earthy, piney, and herbally, the hop blend does also show light citrus. Malt flavor is light and borrows some caramels, cracker-like crispness, and clean grain flavor. No much ester depiction, nor yeastiness, sulfurs, or vegital notes, this lager based beer takes on the complexion of a very clean Pale Ale.

Body is creamy and moderate up front, largely due to the abundant carbonation. But as the C02 digresses, the beer's weakness and paleness shows. Bitter and clean well into the finish.

A nice but small beer within the same class as Summit's Extra Pale and Budweizer American Ale. Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical label art and a branded twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Shiner mixed twelve-pack at an HEB Grocery here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Brewed with Czech Saaz hops, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Best before: 01/26/14.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Reviewed as an American Pale Lager per its identification on Spoetzl's wikipedia; their own site is crap.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks appealing creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Has a rather generic floral hop presence. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. A kiss of crackery malts. Grainy. Some caramalt. Clean and simple.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A generally appealing aroma of average strength, with some surprising spiciness.

T: Body is primarily grainy, with some caramalt and crackery malts lending a bit more complexity. Pale malts and pilsner malts fill out the body. Has a generic floral hop character that doesn't do much for it. "Hop-jacked"? Nah. Painfully simple. No yeast character or alcohol comes through, the the hop notes are rather tame. Even the balance isn't all that great. A bland, boring lager overall.

Not gestalt. Zero depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light, weak, and thin. Not full-bodied. Overcarbonated. Artificial; even a touch syrupy. Somehow, it's also a bit watery at the same time. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well really at all.

Dr: A disappointing offering from Spoetzl. I do have to compliment them on their marketing; the whole "Reserve" shtick coupled with the clever "Hop-jacked" description will sucker many into buying it. At the end of the day, it's a bland lager that isn't worth trying. I definitely won't be getting it again, but I suppose it's drinkable enough.

High D

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Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single from Fox River, $1.49 12oz. bottle.

Bright high clarity amber gold. Initial head was about a half inch in width, and dissipated quickly. No lacing.

Clean, bready pilsner malt, some honey graham sweetness and initially a vegetal hop note. Supposedly dry hopped according to the label, so wondering how old this is.

Dry pilsner malt, clean inoffensive malty flavors, little to no hop flavor or bitterness really. Sightly watery, with a dry finish. It's ok, but probably wouldn't pick it up again unless freshness was guaranteed.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a good deal of bubbles from the carbonation. It had a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled malty and floral. Not much else.

T - It tasted of bready malt with sweet caramel. A very slight bitter bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay pale lager. Nothing I need to stock up on but worth a try because I appreciate Spoetzl Brewery.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavor; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness after the finish from bitterness. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a good hoppy pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Kosmos Reserve

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a clear golden orange. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Orange citrus, pale malts, earthy hops. This one has a bit more flavors than the other Shiners I have had.

Taste: Orange citrus again, pale bready malts, grassy earthy hops with a slight floral bite.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with a touch of bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, better than the first 2 shiners I had, but nothing really special. Guessing this one is a pale lager or something of the sort. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The story behind Shiner is interesting, and at least you get that on the label of the bottle!!!! I'm only kidding... there's a lot more to it than that.

It's a golden Euro lager, yes, but there's a nice malt character to it; and there's more malt to it than many. I'm not sure if I'd call it a Munich helles as it seems lighter in body and gravity, but maybe not... it's at least somewhere in the same vein.

It's also got some nice floral/grassy/spicy hops to it, but the malt seems to be the real emphasis. And with that said, it's at least nicely balanced with bitterness as well. It's rounded and smooth.

I'd originally thought of it as a kind of an American pre-prohibition beer, but it's really not bitter enough for that. It is, in fact, more of an original "imported" German-style lager. Take that as you will - and I'm sure some of you will think something along the lines of "Ahh, it's like Moosehead" - but it's actually got a little more depth of malt than that. So...

Overall...? Not a bad quencher. It's got enough character to interest you - as opposed to a mainstream American pale lager - and it goes down easy. Worth at least trying the next time you BBQ!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - decent looking, with a crystal clear, amber-copper colored body, and a small, short-lived head. Light carbonation is visible.

S - The nose is a rather weak malt with barely detectable hops.

T: Despite the claim to be an American Pale Lager, this is a mild lager, more like an amber than might be expected. It is a little hoppy but has a stronger malt component. Clean finish with a good, if momentary, mix of hops and malt.

M - Medium-light body; slightly dry finish.

O - Not bad, certainly, but rather pitiful and boring for something marketed as the special reserve beer of an established brewer.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a clear medium golden with withalmost a creamy-like top with good carbonation.Aromas of toasty cereal grain and dryish cracker malt,the aromas are pretty light.Dryer flavors with a little smattering of leafy hops,a bit of sweet dough in the finish.No frills but not a bad lager beer,average to above average like many Shiner offerings.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a amber-gold body with excellent clarity. The foam settles a bit but it is supported by rapidly rising bubbles.

S - Toasty malt notes with some surprisingly strong, spicy hops.

T - Soft, malty notes up front with some toasted character. Spicy, herbal hop flavors begin to come out in the middle. The beer finishes with dry, toasty malt and spicy, green hop flavor that imparts only light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I didn't expect much from this beer, and while it isn't very complex, it is much better than I assumed it would be. The malt is light and simple, but pleasant enough, however the hops are what really stands out in this beer. They are spicy and earthy with a very fresh character that makes the beer extremely drinkable. This beer is excellent for what it is and I would happily drink it again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and tea. There's a very mild hops presence but enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer, but there isn't much to it that would make me select it over many others.

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Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.33 out of 5 based on 954 ratings.
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